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Oct 12, 2007 06:08 PM

What Would You Serve For A Buffet Style Brunch?

If you were going to have a buffet style (informal) brunch at your house, what foods would you serve? If you can, please narrow it down to four or five items.

I actually am planning on having a buffet style brunch in a few weeks, but will need to do it on a tight budget. It will be an open house type event, so most people will be standing up while eating. I'd appreciate any ideas...thanks.


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  1. I think I would need to know where you are. I'm in CA and I love to do a Mexican style brunch. That probably wouldn't play in Boston...

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    1. re: Gail

      breakfast enchilladas are nice and easy....stuff with scrambled eggs, peppers, onions, sausage, homefires, salsa, jalapeno peppers, cheddar with salsa and cheddar cheese and heat through...delicious!

      1. re: Gail

        I'm in Connecticut....need something more basic than a Mex style brunch.

        1. re: ctflowers

          frittatas and stratas work really well as finger foods...just cut them into bite-sized pieces, or bake egg "scrambles" or frittatas in mini muffin cups. they're also versatile flavor-wise - you can do different varieties, sweet & savory.

          mini-muffins would also work.

      2. While we don't know how much you want to cook before hand for this brunch.... I suggest a variety of breads and sweet rolls, butters & cheeses, egg dishes, sliced meats and/or sausages, smoked fish, fruits, coffee & tea....a couple of simple desserts would finish off the buffet.

        Depending on your guests - a Bloody Mary, Bellini, Mimosa... or fruit juice station would be nice as they arrive.

        Pick and choose among the lot to come up with your own personal menu.

        1. For stand up brunch events, finger foods or small bites work well. My fav "food carriers" are those gold & silver foil cupcake liners.

          French toast triangles with maple glaze brushed over ahead of time
          Fresh fruit (orange & grapefruit sections, pear sliced, pineapple work well) on skewers
          Mini quiche (baked right in those cupcake liners)
          Roasted potatoes or potato pancakes
          Mimosa, bloody mary's or juice

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          1. re: HillJ

            The next time you throw a brunch, may I please be invited?.. Pleeeeeze??? :-}

            1. re: Tay

              Tay, consider yourself invited. Just be sure to bring flowers! :)

              1. re: HillJ

                Absolutely!. lol! I always bring good stuff and I always help clean up! :-}

                1. re: Tay

                  Flowers & clean up offers-hey Tay, you've got a job!

                  1. re: HillJ

                    Since the one I already have doesn't come with brunch, your's sounds ever so much better lol!

                    1. re: Tay

                      Sounds like the OP has things well at hand, Tay.
                      Good luck ctflowers.
                      Political events, art gallery openings, ribbon cutting ceremonies aren't difficult. Just smile no matter what you serve.

          2. Spiral cut ham, re-cut so it slices into smaller slices, frittata, mini-bagels w/various spreads, fruit salad...

            1. It's hard to say exactly -- without knowing how many people and how tight a budget.

              But some kind of fresh fruit -- sliced on a platter or a fruit salad would be important. Juices, coffee, tea, etc. Some kind of coffee cake or danishes, some quiche and/or a baked egg strata (with breakfast meat of some kind). It stretches the meat but makes a nice buffet. You could also do a baked french toast casserole with apples. THese things are nice because they can serve a lot of people, aren't expensive, and can be mostly made ahead and just cooked or reheated that morning. You might also want to do one lunch-type dish -- a chicken salad or small sandwiches. Enjoy!

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              1. re: eamcd

                Look up Paula Deens french toast it is amazing and serves 6-8 people.
                A veggie fritatta

                1. re: eamcd

                  eamcd, do you have a great French Toast Casserole with Apples recipe??? If so, could you post it here?

                  1. re: ctflowers

                    Let me look for it -- I do have one....